Missing: Spring…

Ruby Whiteface
Ruby Whiteface

Maybe some of you can help. We’re missing a whole season… It’s called “spring”. Normally it starts somewhere in March or April and it lasts until June. It is characterised by increasing temperatures, sometimes sunny weather alternated by rain showers. Until now it has been cold, much colder as normal and wet and windy. Not the best circumstances if you want to focus on dragonflies again. Most species emerge later in the year and just sit still waiting for better weather. Yesterday I gave a photography workshop and when I was finished, I decided to have a look at a part of the Fochteloerveen. In normal years parts of this national park are flooded by Ruby Whitefaces. Hundreds or maybe even thousands of these spring dragonflies can be seen at stretches of a hundred meters or so. Yesterday I had to look very hard to find only 2… But the advantage was that it was too cold for them to do anything, so I could take my time with them. Ruby Whitefaces normally rest on the ground, which makes it very difficult to get a clean background. These two had found a bit a higher perch. Now the only problem was the wind, that kept moving their branches back and forth, but after taken many pictures, a few turned out to be sharp.

Lets hope spring will finally start sometime, so I can make more pictures like this 🙂

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

One comment

  • Another beautiful dragon. And spring must be hiding or off doing Her own thing but she’s sure not in Chicago. Although the high is supposed to be 61 today, but that’s the projected high so it probably won’t make it. The heat is still on. You are such a wonderful photographer. I love your pictures.


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